Thursday, October 7, 2010
OVER BROWN WATERS
On Monday, 10-4-10, after a great breakfast prepared by the Gilmores and changing a flat tire, we headed out wearing jackets to keep the chill off. We meandered through quiet backroads where sumac was starting to show fall color. Highway 43 to Hwy 26 that becomes Hwy 10 as we cross the Pearl River near Bogalusa and enter the state of Louisiana. The terrain is rolling hills that cross a series of creeks which are tributaries of Bogue Chitto. The waters are a chocolate brown with emerging cypress trees. Highway 1072 takes us to Franklinton, LA for the night after a 57 mile day. Adventure Cycling listed 3 places for lodging, but only one was still operational. The recession, and then the BP oil spill have devastated the rural economy to the extent that many
B & B's and motels are now shuttered. Thankfully for us, the Liberty Inn was still open even though we counted only 2 vehicles in the parking lot.